Chris Smalling set to be target of Arsenal negotiations

Published 3 Comments

Football News

Arsenal are preparing to negotiate with Manchester United defender Chris Smalling over a possible transfer in the foreseeable future.

The £10 million-rated centre-back is reportedly out of favour with his current club, having failed to make a positive impact in the first-team squad. As a result Arsene Wenger has eyed him as a potential candidate for alleviating his woes at the back, with a January transfer possible due to United’s willingness to sell.

Arsenal need

At present Wenger has Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy out injured, meaning that his defence has been massively stretched over the past few weeks.

With summer signing Calum Chambers pushed out to right-back the partnership of Per Mertesacker and natural full-back Nacho Monreal has looked less than convincing, and some fans are now questioning whether opting not to replace Thomas Vermaelen with a like-for-like player was a poor move.

According to the Daily Express Arsenal hope to sit down with Smalling’s representatives in the coming weeks, and Wenger is keen to recruit him due to his versatility as a player.

Smalling in the Premier League

The former Fulham star can operate effectively at centre-back, right-back or even midfield, and his experience playing at the highest level in the Premier League means he won’t have to take time to adapt to the English game.

It remains to be seen how Gunners fans will react should a purchase go through, as Smalling’s reputation has taken something of a battering since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Related articles

The legendary Scot saw enough potential in him to buy him from Fulham after just a year in the top flight, though a poor campaign under David Moyes, and an equally uncertain start to life under Louis van Gaal has undone the promising groundwork.

More game-time

As for Smalling, who's contract at United sees him take home £50,000-a-week, the move will certainly represent a chance to get himself more game-time. At the moment he’s been used frequently by Van Gaal, but that could be down to the fact that the Dutchman has little options with regards to an alternative.

The likes of Jonny Evans and Phil Jones have been absent through injury, and academy graduate Paddy McNair can hardly be considered genuine competition at this stage of his career.

Manchester United
Premier League
Chris Smalling

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again